This book brings together a new, original survey of the significance of Gregory's life and work with translations of eight beautiful and profound orations. Gregory of Nazianzus portrays a vivid picture of a fascinating character of vital importance who deserves to be regarded as the first true Christian humanist.
The eight orations, each representing a different aspect of his writing, are examined alongside a selection of his shorter poems in verse translation, letters, and a translation of Gregory's own will. Author Brian Daley offers extensive commentary on the works translated and an ample bibliography.
With an extensive introduction to Gregory's life, thought and writings, and including detailed notes, this study places Gregory in his correct historical context, and gives students access to a deeper understanding of this fascinating figure from the past.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Gregory the Man 2. Gregory the Humanist 3. Gregory the Philosopher 4. Gregory the Theologian 5. Gregory the Priest 6. These Translations Part 2: Orations 1. Oration 8, On his Sister Gorgonia 2. Oration 14, On Loving the Poor 3. Oration 20, On Theology, and the Appointment of Bishops 4. Oration 26, About Himself, on his Return from the Country 5. Oration 38, On the Theophany 6. Oration 39, On the Holy Lights 7. Oration 42, Farewell Address 8. Oration 44, For "New Sunday" Part 3: Poems 1. On his Own Verses 2. A Hymn to God 3. A Hymn of Thanksgiving 4. Evening Hymn 5. A Prayer before Reading Scripture 6. A Prayer before a Journey 7. Prayer before a Journey to Constantinople 8. A Prayer to Christ 9. Three Prayers for a Day 10. Supplication Part 4: Letters 1. To Gregory of Nyssa (Letter 11) 2. To Caesarius (Letter 20) 3. To Philagrius (Letter 30) 4. To Philagrius (Letter 31) 5. To Basil (Letter 48) 6. To Nicoboulus (Letter 51) 7. To Basil (Letter 58) 8. To Gregory of Nyssa (Letter 76) 9. To Philagrius (Letter 80) 10. To Anysius (Letter 90) 11. To Eudoxius (Letter 178) Part 5: Gregory’s Will
The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.
This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.